The Buffalo Sabres got off to a hot start in 2019, but as of late the team has seemed to cool down quite a bit. Here’s where the Sabres need to get better moving forward.
After beginning the year 9-1-1, the Buffalo Sabres are 1-3-1 over their last five games as the team has hit their first rough patch. So now moving forward the question is can the Sabres get back on track and avoid yet another season where they had a hot start, but quickly came back down to earth.
There is reason to believe this year will be different. The Sabres have a new head coach in Ralph Krueger who’s offensive system has looked very good up to this point. The Sabres have completely bought in to Krueger’s staff and the team expects to win.
In net, Carter Hutton has had a rejuvenated year. Hutton is off to a hot start start and through one month has looked like one of the better goalies in the NHL. For Buffalo to get back on track, Hutton will have to continue his great play.
The power play for Buffalo has also been one of the best in the league this season. Victor Olofsson won rookie of the month for September, and has been an integral part of Buffalo’s power play.
Still, the Buffalo Sabres need to be better at closing out games. This season it has felt like any time Buffalo has a multiple goal lead, the team starts playing very conservatively and leaves the door open for the opposing team to get right back in the game. If Buffalo wants to make a playoff push, this is a department they absolutely have to get better in.
Also, the Sabres need Rasmus Dahlin to play much better. Dahlin has been horrendous on the blue line as of late, and the former #1 overall draft pick needs to show why the Sabres took him so high.
It hasn’t been all bad for the Buffalo Sabres, but we’ve seen this story before. Moving forward the Sabres need to be more consistent.